Selen Ansen (Arter), Sebastian Brehmer (Estate of KP Brehmer), Melih Fereli (Arter), Daniel Koep (Kunstmuseum Den Haag), Eva Kraus (Neues Museum Nuremberg), Petra Roettig (Hamburger Kunsthalle)
The exhibition KP Brehmer: The Big Picture, which features more than 200 works and archival materials by German artist KP Brehmer (1938–1997), is the last part of a joint exhibition project realised by Arter, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Hamburger Kunsthalle and Kunstmuseum Den Haag. On the occasion of the exhibition opening at Arter, the panel discussion will bring together different actors and representatives of the hosting institutions who were involved in the realization of this joint exhibition project. The participants will address central concepts in the thinking and practice of KP Brehmer with the aim of highlighting his significant position and the actuality of his art both in Germany and beyond, and reflect on the curatorial decisions taken in each venue. The online panel discussion will also provide an overview of the extensive publication titled KP Brehmer: Art ≠ Propaganda which has been co-edited by the curators of the four institutions.
The event will be held in English.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
Online communication platform: Zoom
Meeting ID: 984 0768 8782
Approximate duration: 1 hour*
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* Event durations may vary according to the contents contributed by the participants.
Following her master’s degree in Modern Literature and Cinema from Université Marc Bloch in Strasbourg, Selen Ansen received her Ph.D. in Theory and Practice of the Arts in 2001. She worked as a lecturer of art theory and philosophy of art in several art and design schools of France including Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Between 2002–2008, she organised various workshops and events aiming at bridging theory and practice. Between 2009–2015, she taught courses that focused on the topics of silence in literature and corporeity in contemporary thought in the Philosophy and Social Thought and Comparative Literature MA programmes at Istanbul Bilgi University. While writing and curating alongside her academic career, Ansen formed her initial connection to Arter in 2011 with the exhibition Berlinde de Bruyckere (The Wound, 2012) she curated. Joining the curatorial team of Arter in 2015, Ansen curated the exhibitions Marc Quinn (The Sleep of Reason, 2014), It takes two to make an accident (HISK, Gent, Belgium), Not All That Falls Has Wings (2015), Words Are Very Unnecessary (2019–2020), Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (offroad v.2, 2019), Cevdet Erek (Bergama Stereotip, 2019–2020) and KP Brehmer: Art ≠ Propaganda (2018–2020, joint production by Neues Museum Nürnberg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, and Arter); and contributed to various international publications. Ansen is also the curator of the Performance Programme inaugurated at Arter’s new building in Dolapdere.
KP Brehmer’s son Sebastian Brehmer was born in 1964 in Berlin. He studied economics at Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1998, he has been working as Managing Director at KP Brehmer Estate. Sebastian Brehmer lives and works in Berlin.
Melih Fereli graduated from the Istanbul High School for Boys in 1965, and completed his secondary education in 1966 at Waynesboro Area High School in Pennsylvania State, USA, where he studied as an AFS bursary student. He studied mechanical engineering in the undergraduate department of Robert College (now Boğaziçi University), graduating in 1970. In 1971, he completed an MSc in Fluid Mechanics at Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), USA. From 1973 to 1985, he worked at Lucas Industries in the UK. In addition to performing as a singing member of the London Philharmonia Chorus (tenor), he also served on its Executive Board between 1985 and 1992. Upon his return to Turkey in 1993, he became director general of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV); a post he remained in until 2001. Between 2002 and 2005, Fereli worked as a freelance arts manager, before becoming culture and arts consultant at the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV) in 2005. He was the founding director of Arter when it opened in 2010. He curated Erdem Helvacıoğlu’s exhibition Freedom to the Black and Sarkis’ Interpretation of Cage / Ryoanji, both organised by Arter. While still serving on Arter’s Executive Board and as its Founding Director, Fereli is additionally a member of the teaching staff at Istanbul Technical University Dr. Erol Üçer Centre for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). In 1998, Fereli received an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his outstanding contributions to Turkish–British cultural relations.
Petra Roettig studied Art History and History in Freiburg, Hamburg and London. From 1991–1996, she worked as research assistant at the University of Hamburg for “Political Iconography“ at the Warburg Haus. Since 1997, she has been the curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and since 2008, as the head of Contemporary Collection, where she curated several exhibitions, including Thomas Demand, Eva Hesse, Gego, Roni Horn, Clemens von Wedemeyer and contemporary Video and Drawings.